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Lois Ann Evenson, age 84, of Freeborn, MN, died Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Parkview Care Center in Wells, MN. Funeral Services will be held Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Freeborn Congregational United Church of Christ in Freeborn, MN, with Reverend Cherie Daniel officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 29, from 4-6 p.m. at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be at a later date in the Freeborn Cemetery.

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is in charge of arrangements. 

Lois Ann Evenson was born February 11, 1927, in Freeborn County, Minnesota, the daughter of Carl B. and Marie S. (Lutteke). On June 22, 1951, she was united in marriage to Galen H. Evenson in Freeborn, MN.

Lois worked in the area, including the Oak View Golf Course in Freeborn and the Millhouse Bar. In her early years, she had worked at the family owned Mink Farm. Lois was a member of the Freeborn Congregational UCC Church, and a night circle member. She enjoyed playing cards, dancing and Polka Club, and wintering in Florida for 35 years.

Lois is survived by two sons: Allan (wife Kathy) Evenson of Hartland, and Mark (wife Sue) Evenson of Alden; 5 grandchildren: Adam (Jodi) Evenson, Aaron (Angie) Evenson, Rhonda (Steve) Haglund, Kelly (Glenn) Snyder, Darcy (Troy) Newman; 9 great-grandchildren: Elizabeth Snyder, Kyle Haglund, Kayla Haglund, Miranda Snyder, Kelsey Newman, Carter Newman, Brayden Evenson, Ethan Evenson, Grace Evenson; brother: Merlyn (Ruth) Peterson of Waseca, MN; 2 sisters-in-law: Ruth Ludwig and Janice Orth; 2 brothers-in-law: Donald Evenson and Frank Evenson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Galen in 2010.

Donald “Bill" W. Klemmensen, 84, of Ellendale, died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 in Berlin Township.

He was born October 31, 1927 in Summit Township, Minnesota the son of Harvey and Gertrude (Calverly) Klemmensen. Donald was baptized in 1929 and confirmed in 1942 from St. Ansgar Lutheran Church.  He graduated from Ellendale High School in 1945, and then married Ann Thompson on June 11, 1947.  Donald took pride in farming, and farmed on the Thompson Farm which was in Ann's family.  He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Ellendale, where he also was a Trustee, and on the Berlin Township Board for thirty three years.  He enjoyed watching sports, feeding the birds, going to the casino, and his travels to Europe, Asia, Hawaii, South America, and Caribbean Cruises.  Don also enjoyed his coffee partners very much.

He is survived by his wife Ann Klemmensen of Ellendale, three sons Doug (and Jan) Klemmensen of Ellendale, Larry (and Carol) Klemmensen of Coon Rapids, MN,  and Lonny (and Sue) Klemmensen of New Richland.  He is also survived by ten grandchildren, twenty two great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren,  and two brothers Richard (and Elaine) Klemmensen of Blooming Prairie, David (and Carol) Klemmensen of Woodbury, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Margie Betlach.

Visitation will be at First Lutheran Church Ellendale on Friday December 23, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m..  Funeral services will be held Saturday December 24, 2011 at 10 a.m. at First Lutheran Church Ellendale with The Reverend Richard Sliper officiating.  Interment will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery in Ellendale.  Michaelson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dennis Nesdahl of Rodney, Ontario, Canada died suddenly at Four Counties Health Services, Newbury on Saturday, December 17th, 2011.

Mr. Nesdahl was the dear husband of Bonita Berge, loving father of Daniel Nesdahl of Oklahoma and Michael (Melissa) Nesdahl of Minnesota, grandfather of Brooke and Brenna, dear brother of Janice (Earl) Klinger of Minnesota, Jerry (Shirley) Nesdahl of California, Karen (Orlo) Krause of Texas, Anita (Bill) Francesco of Minnesota, Curt Nesdahl of Minnesota, Duane (Roberta) Nesdahl of Arkansas and Linda (Greg) Caron of Missouri,
son-in-law of Angela Berge and favorite uncle of Gregory Dancel. He is also survived by many in laws and nieces and nephews.

Friends called at the Rodney Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors on Monday, December 19th, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service was conducted from the chapel on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pastor Skip Patterson officiated.

If desired, memorial contributions can be made to the Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association as an expression of sympathy. Donations and condolences may be left online at

Funeral services for Donald Selmer Peterson of Ellendale, MN, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 23, 2011 at the First Lutheran Church in Ellendale. Pastor Richard Sliper will officiate. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Ellendale, MN, and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Interment will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery.

Donald died Tuesday morning, December 20, 2011 at St Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was 70 years of age.

Donald was born June 3, 1941 in Berlin Township the son of Selmer and Myrtle (Smith) Peterson. He graduated from Ellendale High School. On June 4, 1960 he was united in marriage to Cheryl Hansen at the LeSeuer River Lutheran Church.

Don drove a fuel truck for the coop in Preston, MN before taking up farming in Ellendale. He farmed for over 20 years and then moved to Rochester, MN, where he was the Petroleum Manager for the Greenway Coop. He later managed the Southern Valley Coop in Mankato until his retirement and moved back to Ellendale.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and was active on the church board. Don was a member of the Lions Club and the Elks Club. He had served on the Ellendale School Board, Ellendale Coop Board and was active in the Pork Producers and Soybean Association.

Don loved to hunt and fish, play golf, card games, woodworking and any outdoor recreation. He enjoyed going on trips with the RV, especially the trip to Alaska. Spending time with the grandkids always came first at all of their sporting events and activities.

Donald is survived by his wife Cheryl of Ellendale, MN, daughters; Kathy and her husband Ross Murphy of Knoxville, TN, Deb and her husband Jeff Schmidt of Ellendale, MN, Barb and her husband Chuck Hagen of New Richland, MN. There are four grandchildren; Kelly (Drew) Nelson, Tiffany Schmidt, Brett Hagen and Ryann Hagen. Two special great grandchildren; Lily Olson and Elena Nelson. Also surviving are one sister; Shirley (Tyler) Hanson of Rush City, MN, and brothers; Sam (Sharon) Peterson of Hope, MN, Mike (Carol) Peterson of Citrus Heights, CA, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Mary Jane (Milton) Jensen.

Berniece C. Richardson, 97, of Owatonna, died Saturday, December 17, 2011 at Homestead Hospice House. 

She was born June 26, 1914 in rural Blooming Prairie the daughter of Bernt and Karin Sophia (Larson) Paulson. Berniece graduated from New Richland High School and attended Normal Training to be a school teacher.  She taught country school in both Waseca and Steele County for 9 years.  She married Paul Richardson on September 18, 1942 in Anoka.  While her husband was in the military she worked for New London City Bank in New London, CT.  After the war, the couple moved to Bixby in 1945.  There they ran a gas station, bus station and post office until retiring in 1976.  The couple later moved to Owatonna in 1989.